A Rhythmless Man Gets Invited To The Dance

gooddocmike

Follower and Believer of Christ
The Lord has blessed me in many ways. He has given me gifts that I am very thankful for. But of all the gifts He has given me, He never looked my way when it came to dancing. Plain and simple, I cannot dance! I dance like Steve Urkel on caffeine. If I did a rain dance we would have a drought for the next three years. My name and rhythm is an oxymoron. It is just wrong for both to even appear in the same sentence. But this last week, I have had dancing on my mind.

A brother in Christ, Bart Millard, wrote the famous words, “Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel. Will I dance for you Jesus, or in awe of you be still?”. What powerful words! Words that brings us to the reality of that promised day we will each experience. A day we rarely think about, but a day we all know we will see and face. What will our reaction be on that day? Will we find ourselves on our knees in shame? Or will we dance with joy?

Over the last few days, that reaction has become a reality for me. The events of this week have keep the words of Bart’s song on my mind. I prayed several times this week with a man who was dying. a man whose life was filled with regret. A man who had come to know that God was real, but could not come to accept Christ as his Savior. A man who had fallen so far, but could not fall to his knees in prayer.

I also prayed with a relative of mine this week. A woman who has forever changed my life. A woman who has always been there for me. A woman after God’s own heart, who lives each day for Christ. I prayed and watched as she went through a heart procedure. Her fate had already been decided by her faith, but the heart they worked on is one that many in this world would deeply miss. I praised the Lord, as the news of her procedure came back positive, knowing her love for Christ would be shared with many here for years to come.

One, who I fear found himself on his knees in shame this week. Another who I know will one day dance in the presence of the Lord. The reality of that day, and the reaction that would come, very real in both of their lives this week.

As many of you know, I am in the last stages of cancer. Although that day is not on me yet, I can hear its’ footsteps, and can feel it approaching. Each day, I can feel the events of that day take a greater toll on me than they did the month or week before. The reality of the cancer does not surprise me. It is a part of my life, an inevitable part of this life I am glad the Lord has given me the strength to work through and around. But each day I am amazed. As this life slowly escapes me each day, I feel His love taking its’ place. I can feel His arms surrounding me, and each day He holds me in arms and allows me to rest my body in His Holiness. He shows me a little more each day, that the grasp He has on me is stronger than my struggle with cancer.

But that grasp should not surprise me, as I have felt it pulling me close for many years now. Several years ago, the Lord sought out a rebellious young man. When He found him, He found a man consumed with himself, living his life for his own needs and his own greed. I am so thankful each day, that His will was stronger than my desires. The Lord reached into the pits of Hell to pull out the most undeserving man He could find in me. He showed me the truth, and He gave my life purpose. My life was no longer consumed by my wants, but would come to be defined by His needs.

In the years ahead, the Lord taught me His wisdom, and trained me in His ways. He soon called me to walk a different path, a path that would lead me to serving Him. Somewhere in my mind, I could not understand this call. How could the Lord possibly use such an undeserving man? So I ran from that call, as far and fast as I could. But praise the Lord, He ran faster and farther than me. Each step of the way, He brought my focus back to the foot of the Cross. He showed me that the day I first found myself there on my knees, this undeserving man was made deserving.

As my faith grew, the Lord began to give me opportunities to share His mercy and grace with those around me. To share with others what He had done in my life, and to show them what an awe-inspiring difference that only He could make in theirs. One of these opportunities was to share Christ with one of my closest and oldest friends from college. On several occasions I told him of what Christ had done in my life. I watched and listened at first as he would quickly change the subject. Over time, and through many prayers, I saw him begin to ask me questions about the Lord.

One day he messaged me, asking if I would talk to him about Christ, and what it meant to be saved. I messaged him back, and told him I would like nothing more. It was a very hectic week, so I asked him if he had time to talk about it in a couple of days. As I called him a few days later, my heart stopped. I soon learned that the night before, the tire on his car had blown out while on a back road coming home. His car flipped several times, and in the crash he died immediately.

That call haunts me to this day. I will never know if my delay to talk to him about Christ was at the cost of his eternity. What was the price of my excuse of a hectic schedule? If I had picked up the phone that day, and spent just a hour of my time talking to him, where would my friend be today? My failure to give a few minutes of my time that day, has resulted in endless hours of regret since. I cannot tell you the days I have prayed the Lord will forgive me for this lost chance. And the time that haunts me wondering if he is dancing for joy today,or on his knees in shame. An opportunity gone, a time of joy that may have never been gained.

Please, please hear my words. The opportunity the Lord places in your hands today, can be a lifetime cherished tomorrow. Or it can be a lost reality that may never come your way again. Make this day count for the Lord. These opportunities not only allow us to bring glory to God, they bless our lives in ways we can never begin to measure. These opportunities show the world, there are no coincidences when it comes the God. He has had a purpose in mind from the start, and He wants nothing more than to see in our actions His plan being fulfilled. That our willing reply to His call will bring glory to His name. Whether we accept, and then follow through with these opportunities or not, the Lord’s purpose and plan will be fulfilled, and His glory will be shown. If not us, He will call on another who will be willing to help fulfill His plan. The choice is ours. Will we experience regret, for not being there when the Lord needs us most? Or will we share in the joy, as we watch His purpose and plan being fulfilled?

With my life as an example, I pray each of you will take to heart this one request I make. Dance! Dance with joy before the Lord! Dance, because of the difference that only He could have made in your life! As He holds you close, dance, for the love He has for you! And dance, for each of the opportunities He gives us to share that love with those around us each day! Never forget, the opportunity or call He gives you today, is a dance of joy you will get to share with someone else tomorrow. Please do not let these opportunities slip away for you today. There will be no greater joy than when you look across that ballroom floor on a future day, and see the loving faces of all those whose life the Lord has led you to invite to the dance. Just please remember, hold on tight to Christ, always let Him lead, and cherish the gracefulness of this dance!

For me, this life has been nothing short of amazing. The Lord has used my life in ways I could have never imagined. His wisdom and grace has lead me in directions I never thought I would, or could have gone. But one thing amazes me the most. The Lord sent this rhythmless man an invitation to the dance!

On a future day, I cannot wait to share a dance with each of you!

ChristCalls
 

mattfivefour

Well-Known Member
The Lord has blessed me in many ways. He has given me gifts that I am very thankful for. But of all the gifts He has given me, He never looked my way when it came to dancing. Plain and simple, I cannot dance! I dance like Steve Urkel on caffeine. If I did a rain dance we would have a drought for the next three years. My name and rhythm is an oxymoron. It is just wrong for both to even appear in the same sentence. But this last week, I have had dancing on my mind.

A brother in Christ, Bart Millard, wrote the famous words, “Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel. Will I dance for you Jesus, or in awe of you be still?”. What powerful words! Words that brings us to the reality of that promised day we will each experience. A day we rarely think about, but a day we all know we will see and face. What will our reaction be on that day? Will we find ourselves on our knees in shame? Or will we dance with joy?

Over the last few days, that reaction has become a reality for me. The events of this week have keep the words of Bart’s song on my mind. I prayed several times this week with a man who was dying. a man whose life was filled with regret. A man who had come to know that God was real, but could not come to accept Christ as his Savior. A man who had fallen so far, but could not fall to his knees in prayer.

I also prayed with a relative of mine this week. A woman who has forever changed my life. A woman who has always been there for me. A woman after God’s own heart, who lives each day for Christ. I prayed and watched as she went through a heart procedure. Her fate had already been decided by her faith, but the heart they worked on is one that many in this world would deeply miss. I praised the Lord, as the news of her procedure came back positive, knowing her love for Christ would be shared with many here for years to come.

One, who I fear found himself on his knees in shame this week. Another who I know will one day dance in the presence of the Lord. The reality of that day, and the reaction that would come, very real in both of their lives this week.

As many of you know, I am in the last stages of cancer. Although that day is not on me yet, I can hear its’ footsteps, and can feel it approaching. Each day, I can feel the events of that day take a greater toll on me than they did the month or week before. The reality of the cancer does not surprise me. It is a part of my life, an inevitable part of this life I am glad the Lord has given me the strength to work through and around. But each day I am amazed. As this life slowly escapes me each day, I feel His love taking its’ place. I can feel His arms surrounding me, and each day He holds me in arms and allows me to rest my body in His Holiness. He shows me a little more each day, that the grasp He has on me is strong than my struggle with cancer.

But that grasp should not surprise me, as I have felt it pulling me close for many years now. Several years ago, the Lord sought out a rebellious young man. When He found him, He found a man consumed with himself, living his life for his own needs and his own greed. I am so thankful each day, that His will was stronger than my desires. The Lord reached into the pits of Hell to pull out the most undeserving man He could find in me. He showed me the truth, and He gave my life purpose. My life was no longer consumed by my wants, but would come to be defined by His needs.

In the years ahead, the Lord taught me His wisdom, and trained me in His ways. He soon called me to walk a different path, a path that would lead me to serving Him. Somewhere in my mind, I could not understand this call. How could the Lord possibly use such an undeserving man? So I ran from that call, as far and fast as I could. But praise the Lord, He ran faster and farther than me. Each step of the way, He brought my focus back to the foot of the Cross. He showed me that the day I first found myself there on my knees, this undeserving man was made deserving.

As my faith grew, the Lord began to give me opportunities to share His mercy and grace with those around me. To share with others what He had done in my life, and to show them what an awe-inspiring difference that only He could make in theirs. One of these opportunities was to share Christ with one of my closest and oldest friends from college. On several occasions I told him of what Christ had done in my life. I watched and listened at first as he would quickly change the subject. Over time, and through many prayers, I saw him begin to ask me questions about the Lord.

One day he messaged me, asking if I would talk to him about Christ, and what it meant to be saved. I messaged him back, and told him I would like nothing more. It was a very hectic week, so I asked him if he had time to talk about it in a couple of days. As I called him a few days later, my heart stopped. I soon learned that the night before, the tire on his car had blown out while on a back road coming home. His car flipped several times, and in the crash he died immediately.

That call haunts me to this day. I will never know if my delay to talk to him about Christ was at the cost of his eternity. What was the price of my excuse of a hectic schedule? If I had picked up the phone that day, and spent just a hour of my time talking to him, where would my friend be today? My failure to give a few minutes of my time that day, has resulted in endless hours of regret since. I cannot tell you the days I have prayed the Lord will forgive me for this lost chance. And the time that haunts me wondering if he is dancing for joy today,or on his knees in shame. An opportunity gone, a time of joy that may have never been gained.

Please, please hear my words. The opportunity the Lord places in your hands today, can be a lifetime cherished tomorrow. Or it can be a lost reality that may never come your way again. Make this day count for the Lord. These opportunities not only allow us to bring glory to God, they bless our lives in ways we can never begin to measure. These opportunities show the world, there are no coincidences when it comes the God. He has had a purpose in mind from the start, and He wants nothing more than to see in our actions His plan being fulfilled. That our willing reply to His call will bring glory to His name. Whether we accept, and then follow through with these opportunities or not, the Lord’s purpose and plan will be fulfilled, and His glory will be shown. If not us, He will call on another who will be willing to help fulfill His plan. The choice is ours. Will we experience regret, for not being there when the Lord needs us most? Or will we share in the joy, as we watch His purpose and plan being fulfilled?

With my life as an example, I pray each of you will take to heart this one request I make. Dance! Dance with joy before the Lord! Dance, because of the difference that only He could have made in your life! As He holds you close, dance, for the love He has for you! And dance, for each of the opportunities He gives us to share that love with those around us each day! Never forget, the opportunity or call He gives you today, is a dance of joy you will get to share with someone else tomorrow. Please do not let these opportunities slip away for you today. There will be no greater joy than when you look across that ballroom floor on a future day, and see the loving faces of all those whose life the Lord has led you to invite to the dance. Just please remember, hold on tight to Christ, always let Him lead, and cherish the gracefulness of this dance!

For me, this life has been nothing short of amazing. The Lord has used my life in ways I could have never imagined. His wisdom and grace has lead me in directions I never thought I would, or could have gone. But one thing amazes me the most. The Lord sent this rhythmless man an invitation to the dance!

On a future day, I cannot wait to share a dance with each of you!

ChristCalls

Another awesome post, my precious brother. The kind I've grown to expect from you. But this may be the most powerful one yet! Wow! That touched me. Very deeply! May God continue to use you, and strengthen you, and keep you ... in all your ways.
 

WaitingOnHim

Renewed In Christ
Thank you for sharing this with us and for reminding each of us that we just don't know what tomorrow has in store. That we cannot afford to waste one precious moment the Lord has given us to work His Will.
 

araj54

Well-Known Member
Awesome and powerful Pastor Mike. :crying
Thank you Lord for the beautiful life you have given our Brother Mike,
and the words that speak to our hearts. Hallelujah!
May we all heed the call of the Holy Spirit each day.
God Bless you Brother. :hug
 

Carl

Well-Known Member
Awesome post! We should all take to heart that message. We may be the only chance someone has to change his residence from Hell to Heaven prior to his death. If it is God's work the timing and energy always seems to work out somehow.
 

paidinfull

Well-Known Member
A very potent reminder of what the Word says: 13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. Jas.4:13-15

Thank you brother Mike for putting it all so beautifully, for reminding us so tenderly and for encouraging us all so powerfully. It's so true, that our boast is all about Him seeking us like a bloodhound and saving us in spite ourselves and then Father keeping us in His hand when we deserve to be cast offs.

I'll be using your post in my family Bible study today as a reminder of James instruction to us and on behalf of my family, thank you once again.

As there is the work of an artistic heart in your post you might enjoy this old post of mine (we will have to add in dancing with the Lord of the Dance :)

http://www.raptureforums.com/forum/...ons-devotions/79927-our-god-insanely-mad.html

May you know the riches of His grace like never before as you near the time of the call to dance dear brother.
 

AndyM

Saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ
I am extremely blessed by this most beautiful post pastor Mike. The Holy Spirit has lead me to this through our sister MBrown who sent it to me in a private message. Love you in CHrist Sister Mary and All of you here at RF.
 

AndyM

Saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ
Mike, your post is very touching and made me want to hear the words of this song.

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My mind is to small to imagine the Glory of God Almighty for sure. I think we see just a smidgen of it when we look around at His awesome creation. His Grace is enough for me. Thank you Jesus
 

mikhen7

Freed By Christ to Serve Christ
Brother Mike,
The lord is not finished with you yet. I would be honored if you fell called and have the time to take charge of the counseling that will be needed for those who respond during the prophecy conference. I will have a few others to work with you if you would like to take the lead on this. God calls us to keep at His business until He returns or we got to meet Him when He has said those faithful words, "Well done my good and faithful servant." Please pray about what the Lord would have you do while at the conference. Your wisdom and love--fervent spirit for God's work well-qualifies you to lead a few more into ranks of sainthood. Again please pray. We will all be praying for you brother! :pray::pray:

I sat last night for quite sometime with brother Charles L. Roesel (author- It's God Thing NAMB) and I honestly thought about you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you in the days ahead.

God Bless
Just another pastor
 

ldonjohn

"God said it, that settles it!"
Brother Mike,

I have been praying that the Lord will give you strength and continue to use you in His service until we are raptured out. I'm not just saying that, I really do remember to pray for you several times a day.

Yes I am ready for the rapture, but I am also praying that before it happens that Mormons, Muslims, atheists, and millions of others who are lost will come to Christ first.

"I can Only Imagine" was my dad's favorite song; before it "Amazing Grace" was his favorite song.

Bart Millard is from our home town. He and my son were friends when they were little and Bart would come over to our house. Also, Bart was in one of my classes when he was in the 8th grade. I see him occasionally around town.
 

iSong6:3

Well-Known Member
My precious one and only brother Dr Mike - Miz Mary also PM'd me wondering if I had seen your OP because I hadn't posted yet.

I actually had read it yesterday. It touched me so very deeply, in ways I can't even explain right now. When things get to me like that, they leave me unable to speak. (I'm one of those who, when I see Jesus face to face, will fall on my face at His feet, unable to say a word.). Just know that's why I didn't even post until now.

I went to your website and was continually blessed. Oh brother, you truly have such a special gift from God, such a ministry. I then listened to a special video to me and I had the best time of prayer and worshipping the Lord I've had in a while. It all started with your words and what they did to my heart...

My friend, who knows how many will be in Heaven with us, continuing the dance in praise and worship of our King - because of you. I will be thrilled to watch you get your rewards.

And please put me on your dance card brother. I'll be looking for you. Just imagine the hilarity of bliss... :hug

:ring:
 
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